Nik Bärtsch’s Mobile (acoustic 4tet) / Mobile Extended (acoustic 9tet with strings)



RITUAL GROOVE MUSIC is the title of the band`s first CD and, at the same time, contains the essence of Nik Bärtschs musical thought. The purely acoustic music is full of surprising turns and bold combinations. The ingredients from funk, new classical music as well as elements of Japanese ritual music are combined to produce an exiting sound mixture, at times funky, at times ambientlike and relaxed and then again dramatically charged. It is a sound world of raw poetry, propelled  by obsessive motion.

The compositions leave room for a variety of phrasing, which is readily exploited by the very diverse musical personalities that constitute the band. The drummer Kaspar Rast, with his powerful groove, is as much at home in jazz and funk contexts as in the studio. Alt saxophonist and bass clarinettist Sha captivates the listener through rhythmic refinement and implacable calm and has already earned a reputation as a newcomer in the New Minimal scene. Percussionist Nicolas Stocker belongs to the new generation of modern musicians who naturally combine the competence for classical interpretation, improvisation and the ability to groove. Nik Bärtsch, the inspirational don of MOBILE, easily crosses the borders between all of the above codes, setting connections which in turn mutate to fuses.

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Interview / Background

Compositions and projects

– SPIRAL SPACE II – acoustic luminescence feat speaker Christian Reiner reciting Hölderlins „Turmgedichte” @ European Molecular Biology Laboratory (15hours, 2015)
– The Abu Dhabi Resonance Square Ritual – site-specific, multi-venue, non-stop 27 hour, multi-media performance (27 hours, 2015)
– SPIRAL SPACE I @ European Molecular Biology Laboratory (5hours, 2014)
– ‘SEE – a life musical space picture’ with MOBILE and OOS (4 hours, 2005), performance on the

lake stage in Zurich; together with oos (Co-Production with the Theaterspektakel Zurich).
– Openair performance together with the Butoh dancer Imre Thormann and the Gagaku ensemble
of the Osaka Gakuin University Japan at the Hiyoshi Shrine in Otsu Japan (2005).
– 2005: ‘Perpetual Rhythm – a musical dance ritual’, with Butho dancer Imre Thormann & his
Bodygarage Tokyo, 8 hour performance in the Rondorama on the Stanserhorn (Co-Production
with Stanser Musiktage).
– 2003: ‘Water Church Ritual’, Wasserkirche Zu?rich, with guest Walter Grimmer, cello, 6 hour
mirror performance
– ‘BLUE TRILOGY’ with MOBILE ((AREA BLUE 2000, AQUA BLUE 2001, MU BLUE 2002)), three 36
hour multimedia live concerts with lightdesign, videoart, architecture and swordart.

Mobile purple

Mobile blue

Photos: architekturbild